Our praises, Lord, Thou dost not need

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Translator: Louis FitzGerald Benson

Benson, Louis FitzGerald, D.D., was born at Philadelphia, Penn., July 22, 1855, and educated at the University of Penn. He was admitted to the Bar in 1877, and practised until 1884. After a course of theological studies he was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, in 1888. His pastorate of the Church of the Redeemer, Germantown, Phila., extended from his ordination in 1888 to 1894, when he resigned and devoted himself to literary and Church work at Philadelphia. He edited the series of Hymnals authorised for use by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., as follows:— (1) The Hymnal, Phila., 1895; (2) The Chapel Hymnal, 1898; and (3) The School Hymnal, 1899. Dr. Benson's hymnological writings are somewh… Go to person page >

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First Line: Our praises, Lord, Thou dost not need
Author: Charles Coffin (1736)
Translator: Louis FitzGerald Benson (1896)
Language: English


Nil laudibus nostris eges. C. Coffin. [Monday.] Appeared in the Paris Breviary, 1736, for Monday at Lauds, and his Hymni Sacri, 1736, p. 12. It is also in the Lyons and other modern French Breviaries; Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865; Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, No. 18; Macgill's Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, 1876, &c. It has been translated as:—
1. Our praises, Lord, Thou dost not need. J. Chandler, 1837, No. 18, and 1841, No. 73.
2. Our praise Thou need'st not, but Thy love. I. Williams, in his Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839.
3. Father! Thou needest not our praise. W. J. Blew, 1852-55.
4. Though throned our highest praise above. J. D. Chambers, 1857.
5. Thou needest not our feeble praise. H. M. Macgill,
6. Father in heaven! Thy glory. D. T. Morgan. 1880.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)